16 Mar

High Scores for 2013 McIntyer Pinot and Chard

McIntyre just received some great reviews for their 2013 Estate Chard and Pinot from Glen Frederiksen of Wine Lines.

Wine Lines rating: 92 points
Although this is a young wine, all the flavors and aromas have already melded together in harmony. It’s a full-throttle California Chardonnay, exhibiting rich nose impressions of smoke, toast, spice and butter, all wrapped around light scents of nectarine, sweet lime, and tropical fruit. Despite its bigness, this white shows a refinement more associated with Old World Burgundies. It is delicious on its own, but would also be a marvelous foil for a seafood pasta with Alfredo sauce.

Wine Lines rating: 90 points
The Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, on the east-facing side of the mountain range in Monterey County, has developed a reputation for being a world-class region for Burgundian varietals. This wine is a translucent dark coral/ruby color, hinting at the concentration and extraction in this bottling. Fresh berry scents are upfront in the nose, leading to darker cherry cola and chocolate impressions, followed by a kiss of clove. It is light, boisterous, and juicy in the mouth, showing an elegant, silky texture. At the end, some earthy, youthful grip pops up.

10 Mar

Clos de la Tech 2010 SCM Estates

Clos de la Tech is getting ready to release their 2010 Santa Cruz Mountain Estates Pinot Noir. (In previous vintages this was labeled Domaine Lois Louise.) You don’t want to miss this wine.

The 2010 SCME Pinot is a big, relatively dark wine with high-toned, violet-infused aromatics, large flavors and tight acids and tannins. The fruit for this bottling came primarily from the steep, exposed, south-facing hillside at the Domaine Lois Louise vineyard some 10 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. Low yields (less than two tons per acre) and cold, windy weather are the keys to the wine’s incredible depth, structure and power.


08 Mar

Mind-Blowing Cambiata Releases

Name another winery that makes better Albarino, Dornfelder and Tannat than Cambiata and we’ll send you a BBW certificate of appreciation. Eric Laumann, the genius winemaker behind Cambiata, has really outdone himself with his new releases. The 2014 Albarino tastes as advertised: lively, floral, crisp and refreshing. The 2013 Dornfelder is a revelation: deep, rich, juicy, fruity, wet and wild. The Tannat is seriously red: big and dark with blackberries, leather and chewy tannins.